Macau Street Food Guide II

Macau Street Food: Beef Organs

I don’t think the locals call the intersection of Travessa do Mastro and San Ma Lo anything, but for me it’s always been the “The Click Clack Corner”.  Pass by any evening around suppertime and you’ll be serenaded with the continuous clatter of knives and scissors chopping and bopping away.

Macau Street Food: Ming Ji Restaurant

The two people who run the stall are total veterans of the street food industry, and I’ve seen photos online of them dating from the mid 2000’s, looking much the same as they do now.  Their main fare is beef organs, which I consider to the quintessential Macau street meat, on par with hot dogs and sausages in the West. 

Macau Street Food: Ming Ji Restaurant beef organs

While beef organs certainly sound scary, they do them in a way where the organ taste isn’t so apparent, which is why it works for me.  My friend and I added octopus, oysters, clams and Chinese cabbage conch to ours and then had a merry feast inside the San Va.  Another thing worth trying is the chicken leg which I really enjoyed as well.

Two issues to keep in mind here: communication may be a problem as well as the price.  A lot more expensive than I thought, everything cost $100 in total, which certainly isn’t cheap.  Judging by how popular the stall is though, with a line that sometimes snakes around the corner, the locals definitely don’t seem to mind. 

Macau Street Food: Beef Organs
Beef Organs

Apologies for the picture looking as it does, but I don’t know how anyone can take a shot of that mess and make it look good.  It’s definitely not the kind of food to take home and show Mom.

Macau Street Food: Pork and Cabbage Dumplings 

I’m not sure if dumplings actually qualify as street food, but what the hell, it’s my list and we’re going with it. 

Macau Street Food: Pork and Cabbage Dumplings
Pork and Cabbage Dumplings

The pork and cabbage dumplings at Peking Dumplings are too good not to mention anyway, and I’ve been enjoying them for the better part of 12 years now. 

Macau Street Food: Peking Dumplings pork and cabbage dumplings
Delicious!

Small orders of 12 run $26 and should be enough for most people, or you can go for a little more and get a set meal instead. 

For more information, check out my full length review here: Peking Dumplings.

Macau Street Food: Laksa

We lost the best laksa in town when Katong Corner shut down on the Broadway Food Street sometime during Covid.  As tragic as that was, and it hurt me bad, at least we still have Little Panda to fall back on.  

Little Panda Macau

Prepared in a Cantonese style, it’s not as heavy on the coconut or spice as some laksa, but it’s still a tasty bowl of soup with beautiful ingredients that works. 

Macau Street Food: sliced chicken and sliced fish laksa at Little Panda
Sliced Chicken and Sliced Fish Laksa

The Pork Chop Noodle with Potato ($32) is regarded as their house specialty, while you can’t go wrong with the Sliced Chicken and Sliced Fish noodles ($27) either.  Both come with a free drink and if you want to upgrade to cola, it costs $5 more.  The pork chop and spicy fish laksa ($38) also comes highly recommended.  When you order, make sure you tell them you want “laksa” or else you might get saddled with just a plain bowl of soup instead.

The restaurant is located right off of San Ma Lo, in a small lane behind Margaret’s Cafe e Nata.

Macau Street Food: Chicken Soup

Right beside the Three Lamps traffic circle, there’s a pedestrian only street named Run de Fernao Mendes Pinto that has a bunch of stalls selling various street food.  I like the first one on the left hand side, for their awesome chicken soup (now $12 to $22). 

Macau Street Food: Three Lamps District

For decades, the chicken soup would have been shark’s fin soup, but they got their act together a few years ago and started using chicken instead. 

Macau Street Food: Chicken soup
Chicken Soup

Available in three sizes: small ($12), medium ($18) and large ($22), I defy you to find better soup in town for the price.  Laden with thin strips of chicken and showcasing a smooth pleasant texture, I could eat it everyday.

Popular Street Food I Don’t Recommend

Here are a couple of dishes that I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Curry Fishballs

Curry Fishballs are almost absolutely adored by mainland visitors and one of Macau’s most dominant street foods.  The only problem is that I have no idea why. 

Macau street food: Curry fishballs

Perhaps a little strange to Westerners, I find the whole dish boring and bland, as pedestrian as it is pointless.

Macau street food: Curry fishballs
Curry Fishballs

The gist is that vegetables and various fish balls are boiled and then served together in a curry sauce, which you then pick out of the bowl with a sharp chopstick. 

Extremely expensive ($75) for what you get, I prefer food with taste that fills me up, not frivolous filler that goes nowhere.

Pig Knuckles with Ginger

Pig Knuckles with Ginger is another popular Macau street food that I’m not into.  Far too rich and heavy for my liking, it goes way overboard on the vinegar, so much so that’s all you can taste.  Overbearingly oily and strong, perhaps the idea is to share it with three or four people, because after one or two bites you’ll definitely have had enough.

Macau Street Food: Pig Knuckles with Ginger
Pig Knuckles with Ginger

The only thing I liked about the dish was the cute woman who served it. 

Macau Street Food: Pig Knuckles with Ginger pretty seller

Her stall is also in by the Three Lamps traffic circle, opposite the one selling Chicken Soup above.

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